Natalie DeFee Mendik, MA

Freelance journalist Natalie DeFee Mendik is an American Horse Publications Editorial and Graphics Awards winner. She holds an MA in English from Colorado State University. With three decades of horse experience, Natalie’s main interest is dressage. Having lived and ridden in England, Switzerland, and various parts of the United States, Natalie currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and two girls.

Articles by Natalie DeFee Mendik

Researchers Study Equine Influenza Vaccination Schedules

Longer vaccination dosage intervals were more likely to leave gaps in horses' immunity than shorter ones. Read More

Post-Thaw Semen Quality Tested

Non-sperm cells in fresh semen release an enzyme during freezing which could decrease thawed semen quality. Read More

Oral Joint Supplement Efficacy Tested in Senior Horses

Researchers found that an oral joint supplement did not improve stiff gaits in one senior horse population. Read More

Outcomes of Solar Surface Penetration Injuries Studied

Solar foot penetrations involving the joints can be career- and even life-threatening injuries. Read More

Hoof Kinematics in Mild Lameness Diagnoses

Researchers are using hoof kinematics to aid in the diagnosis of mild or subclinical lameness. Read More

Headshaking Supplement Efficacy Tested

Researchers found a feed supplement designed to combat headshaking provided little relief to affected horses. Read More

Endoscopic Evaluations in Exercising Thoroughbred Yearlings

Vets evaluated the potential application of dynamic endoscopy when examining Thoroughbred yearlings. Read More

Horse Gaitedness: It's in the Genes

Swedish researchers discovered that genetic makeup affects locomotion patterns in horses. Read More

Researchers Study Early Postpartum Breeding in Horses

Researchers evaluated the impact of postpartum breeding date on pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and foaling rates. Read More

Study: Barefoot Trimming Can Impact Hoof Conformation

A specific trimming technique increased the hoof's weight-bearing area and increased the heel angle. Read More

Back to Barefoot

Going barefoot can benefit hoof health, but consider management and physical needs before pulling shoes. Read More

Study: EHV-1 Not Linked to Headshaking

Researchers recently tested if idiopathic headshaking in horses could be similar to a condition in humans. Read More

Progesterone Delivery Device Evaluated in Broodmares

Researchers found an intravaginal progesterone-releasing device effective in inducing early estrus in mares. Read More

Horse Fencing: Is There a Best Choice?

Many fencing options are available, but there are no hard-and-fast rules as to which is the best choice. Read More

Long-term Clenbuterol Use in Horses Studied

While the drug initially reduced airway sensitivity, long-term use seems to result in reduced effectiveness. Read More

Rotational Grazing: Time it Right for Optimal Pastures

Rotational grazing allows horses to graze one section of pasture while other sections recover. Read More

Equine Reproductive Tract Bacteria Studied

One study showed bacteria on stallions' external genitalia do not appear to affect stallion or mare fertility. Read More

Equine Sarcoids Chromosomal Regions Identified

A team of researchers has successfully located chromosomal regions associated with equine sarcoids. Read More

Vaccination to Control Equine Influenza During an Outbreak

Equine influenza vaccination strategies evaluated in a new study reduced new flu infections on average by 60%. Read More

Single Layer Centrifugation Benefits in Horse Breeding

SLC can help breeders address problems associated with breeding both stallions and mares. Read More

New Equine Fetal Sex Determination Technique Studied

The team achieved up to a 95% accuracy rate by using mares' blood plasma to determine fetal gender. Read More

Effectiveness of On-Farm Biosecurity Measures Studied

The Australian equine influenza outbreak provided a unique opportunity to evaluate some biosecurity measures. Read More

Lawsonia Vaccine Studied

No adverse reactions to the vaccine were noted and fewer than 2% of the weanlings exhibited signs of disease. Read More

Stored Semen Processing Method Evaluated

A scaled-up single layer centrifugation method improved stored semen quality. Read More

Five and 60-Second Flexion Tests Yield Similar Results

The researchers found that hock flexion for five and 60 second yielded similar results in flexion tests. Read More